Considering the fate of electronic tags: interactions with stakeholders and user responsibility when encountering tagged aquatic animals

  title={Considering the fate of electronic tags: interactions with stakeholders and user responsibility when encountering tagged aquatic animals},
  author={Neil Hammerschlag and Steven J. Cooke and Austin J. Gallagher and Brendan J. Godley},
  journal={Methods in Ecology and Evolution},
The use of electronic tagging (e.g. acoustic, archival and satellite telemetry) to study the behavior and ecology of aquatic animals has increased dramatically over the past decade. As scientists continue to use these tools, it is inevitable that other researchers and the public at‐large will encounter animals carrying such tags with increasing frequency. If the animals appear burdened or injured by the tag (e.g. showing signs of trauma), or if the tag is functionally impaired (e.g. cracked or… 

Figures from this paper

Animal tag technology keeps coming of age: an engineering perspective
It is argued that basic understanding of engineering issues in tag design by biologists will help feedback to engineers to better tag construction but also reduce the likelihood that tag-deploying biologists will misunderstand their own results.
Best practice guidelines for cetacean tagging
Animal-borne electronic instruments (tags) are valuable tools for collecting information on cetacean physiology, behaviour and ecology, and forenhancing conservation and management policies for
Satellite Tagging and Photographic Identification Reveal Connectivity Between Two UNESCO World Heritage Areas for Reef Manta Rays
Reef manta rays (Mobula alfredi) are capable of long-distance dispersal when habitat is continuous. In the Ningaloo Reef World Heritage Area located on Australia’s mid-west coast, M. alfredi is
Tracking sharks without teeth: a non-invasive rigid tag attachment for large predatory sharks
These tags and attachments present a technique and hardware to equip large predatory sharks with biologging tags without the need to catch or restrain them, and with some additional modification, these tags may remain on the animals for long periods with potentially reduced risk for both researcher and animal.
Implantation and Recovery of Long-Term Archival Transceivers in a Migratory Shark with High Site Fidelity
Results show low presumed mortality, high VMT retention, and that non-lethal recovery after almost a year at liberty can be achieved for archival acoustic transceivers, and can be applied to study the social interactions and behavioral ecology of large marine fishes.
Future Research Directions on the “Elusive” White Shark
White sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, are often described as elusive, with little information available due to the logistical difficulties of studying large marine predators that make long-distance
Flexible tag design for semi-continuous wireless data acquisition from marine animals
A quasi-isotropic antenna has been designed that works equally well irrespective of the orientation of the tagged animal and isflexible and thus convenient formounting onmarine animals.
Troubling issues at the frontier of animal tracking for conservation and management
This work aims to demonstrate the efforts towards in-situ applicability of EMMARM, which aims to provide real-time information about the distribution and habits of birds of prey found in the wild.
Compliant lightweight non-invasive standalone “Marine Skin” tagging system
A physically flexible and stretchable skin-like and waterproof autonomous multifunctional system, integrating Bluetooth, memory chip, and high performance physical sensors, designed to match animal morphology and activity within the surrounding marine environment.


To Tag or not to Tag: Animal Welfare, Conservation, and Stakeholder Considerations in Fish Tracking Studies That Use Electronic Tags
The advent and widespread adoption of electronic tags (including biotelemetry and biologging devices) for tracking animals has provided unprecedented information on the biology, management, and
Biotelemetry and biologging in endangered species research and animal conservation: relevance to regional, national, and IUCN Red List threat assessments
The premise of this paper is that biotelemetry and biologging have much to offer and should be embraced by the conservation science community to aid in assessment of threats and endangerment status and can reduce uncertainty in the assignment of conservation status.
Aboriginal fisher perspectives on use of biotelemetry technology to study adult Pacific salmon
Biotelemetry has become a popular tool accepted by the scientific community as a reliable approach for studying wild fish. However, stakeholder perspectives on scientific techniques and the
Why do Argos satellite tags deployed on marine animals stop transmitting
Instrumentation and handling effects on Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella)
The use of biologging instruments has greatly improved our understanding of the behaviour, physiology and ecology of free-ranging marine mammals. However, handling wild animals and attaching
Understanding and Managing Human Threats to the Coastal Marine Environment
Considering the cumulative effect of multiple threats has only just begun and depends on spatial analysis to predict overlapping threats and a better understanding of multiple‐stressor effects and interactions.
A Review of Tagging Methods for Estimating Fish Population Size and Components of Mortality
Abstract Techniques to improve estimation of animal population size and mortality from tagging studies have received substantial attention from terrestrial biologists and statisticians during the
Engaging the Recreational Angling Community to Implement and Manage Aquatic Protected Areas
  • A. Danylchuk, S. Cooke
  • Environmental Science
    Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
  • 2011
Although it is still unclear whether establishment ofAPAs alone can effectively protect aquatic resources, actively including the recreational angling community in the design, implementation, and management of APAs will help ensure the values of this rather substantial user group are incorporated into aquatic conservation strategies.